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Instant Reaction: Adam Carolla’s Mangria Reviewed


I’m a fan of Adam Carolla. From his days as a bit player on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean morning Show, to his time hosting Loveline and The Man Show with the current king of late night Jimmy Kimmel, to first movie The Hammer and his pioneering podcast, I’ve enjoyed his unique brand of ranting humor.

When he announced that he had created the drink Mangria, I was eager to try it. “As a nightly consumer of red wine, I was shocked one evening to find I had just half a glass left in the bottle,” explained Carolla. “So I did what any decent alcoholic, ex-con, American would do… I went to the fridge and the liquor cabinet, then poured, mixed and measured. Thus Mangria was born.”

I ordered it off his Web site, www.carolladrinks.com, and since it ships from nearby Napa, I received my shipment in two days. I ordered two bottles of the “original Orange” Mangria and one bottle of the new “White Peach & Pear” Mangria. Each bottle was $20, and with tax and shipping, the total was $66.20.

I gathered a tasting panel of three women and myself. The tasting panelists are all regular wine drinkers, and we all like a good sangria.

Unfortunately, neither flavor of Mangria was any good. The better of the two was the original flavor, although it had a harshness to it. In really good sangria, it’s easy to get in trouble by unwittingly drinking too much since the taste of the alcohol can be faint. In Mangria, the taste of alcohol smacks your taste buds without any subtlety. It reminded me of Jungle Juice that I had last consumed in college.

But at least the original Mangria flavor’s drinkable. The white Mangria was sadly even worse than the original flavor. All I noticed was the overwhelmingly syrupy sweetness of the drink. I couldn’t even finish the half glass that I poured myself. Only one of the four panelists liked the white better than the red, but she wouldn’t say it was a taste she liked - just less bad.

By the end of the night, neither bottle was empty. While we all wanted to drink more alcohol that night, none of us wanted another serving of Mangria.

I'm sad that this is such a negative review of Adam Carolla's Mangria. I really wanted to like it, but the product was just plain bad. It was more Danny Bonaduce than Ace Man. (Regular fans of him will know what that means.)

I’ll continue to be a fan of Adam Carolla, but only his humor and not his food or drinks.

If you want to try it for yourself, Mangria is available from CarollaDrinks.com. To save on shipping, if you’re going to Napa anyway, you can pick it up and save a few bucks.


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